Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Tigers pull off stunner vs. Moberly 61-59

  • The Macon Tigers faced off against rival Moberly Thursday night in the 2nd round of the Macon Invitational Tournament.
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  • Way back in December, the Macon Tigers traveled to Moberly to take on the Spartans, and could not keep up with their shooting game.
    On Wednesday night, the Tigers looked to turn the tide against their rivals to the south in the 2nd round of the Macon Tournament.
    The two sides went back-and-forth in the first period, trying to feel each other out. The Tigers had their inside game working, with Jon Murray and Trey Kothe cleaning up all messes underneath. Macon outscored Moberly by one in the first period to lead 15-14.
    As much as Murray and Kothe kept Macon in the lead, Spartan senior Justin Connaway kept Moberly in the mix with his outside shooting. The Tigers, again, had the advantage in the second period, scoring 14 points to the Spartans' 13, taking a 29-27 into halftime.
    Macon kicked their game into another gear in the second half, getting put-backs and hitting their outside shots. The Tigers dropped 17 points in the third period, holding the Spartans to seven, to take a 12-point lead, 46-34, into the final frame.
    Over the first few minutes of the fourth period, the Macon lead fluxuated between 10 and 12. Each time the Spartans hit a shot, the Tigers drew the foul and hit their free-throws.
    With a lead of 11, Macon seemed comfortably ahead, but no one mentioned that to Spartan senior Acie Seifert. The sharp-shooter connected on a pair of threes in a matter of seconds to pull Moberly within five.
    Moberly had closed to within one point, 57-56, of Macon, and had a chance to take the lead in the final minute, but a key turnover gave the ball back to the Tigers, forcing Moberly to foul.
    Macon junior Brendan Watts hit four key free-throws in the closing seconds to give his team the cushion it needed, and the Tigers pulled off the upset against the top-seeded Spartans, 61-59.
    Two double-doubles were recorded by Macon. Jon Murray led the way with 19 points and 11 boards. Trey Kothe was next with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
    Brendan Watts scored eight points, going 5-6 from the foul line. Josh Turner, Aaron Brown and Christian Thrasher each had six points. Craig Smith and Nolan Bright each added one point.
    Justin Connaway led the Moberly Spartans with 15 points. Alshaun Oliver and Acie Seifert followed with 12 points each.
    Tanner Wetrich scored 11 points. Dimaja Smith and Scott Mason each had three points. Cameron Smith tallied two points, and Tre' Williams added one point.
    The Tigers improve to 3-11 overall (0-1 CCC).
    So, Friday's trophy games are all set up, and all are rematches from the first round. Brookfield and Moberly for Consolation, South Shelby and Centralia for 3rd, and Macon gets another crack at Mexico, who defeated the Tigers Monday night.
    Page 2 of 2 - It all starts Friday night at 5 p.m.
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